Saturday, February 16, 2019

Nocturne Alchemy: Eternal Ankh Colors

I am going to be a tease today. But I will tease in the hopes that some of these return one day. I have seen them pop up on the NAVA Marketplace from time to time. These beautiful perfumes from Nocturne Alchemy are all variations on a theme with the theme being Eternal Ankh, a classic from the house. Eternal Ankh is often described as a sandy vanilla amber. My only experience with it was Eternal Ankh Anniversary which I disliked at first but then began to crave. I quickly used it all within a few months. So I never even got around to reviewing it. However, I have about half a dozen of its cousins here to talk about today.

Eternal Ankh Yellow- Notes: White amber absolute, Egyptian vanilla husk, vanilla fleck, organic Egyptian neroli absolute, organic Moroccan neroli essential oil, Italian Red Mandarin oil, bergamot, orange blossom and Crystalline absolute.

This version of sandy vanilla amber is brightened by citrus zest and bergamot greenery. It has a youthful sparkle and has often been compared to Clinique's Happy. Once a dear friend told me that I couldn't shake the similarity. However, Yellow is a lovely summer scent and perfect for hot and humid Florida. It is a sweet resinous vanilla and bergamot treat.

Eternal Ankh Orange- Notes: White amber absolute, Egyptian vanilla husk, vanilla fleck, black patchouli absolute, black vetiver absolute, nag champa accord, Plumeria rubra, Magnolia champaka and gold sandalwood.

This is one of my favorite earthier versions of the Eternal Ankh colors. It is a vanilla patchouli vision. The patchouli and vanilla are augmented by thick nag champa smoke and a handful of plumeria flowers. Orange glows with meditative goodness, like a yoga retreat on the beach. It ends on the most incredible patchouli, wooden and dark, dry and rich.

Eternal Ankh Purple- Notes: White amber absolute, Egyptian vanilla husk, vanilla fleck, Sambac jasmine, Egyptian jasmine absolute, Indian Jasmine Grandiflorum, Egyptian musk, Bastet's Amber absolute, Crystalline absolute and organic pink peppercorn.

Purple highlights the simple beauty of a clear and sweet jasmine. This classic white flower shows her innocent side in this iteration. No skanky or indolic tones here. Just the crisp, sweet play of tiny satin petals. The jasmine and sun dappled vanilla make a lovely pairing. Purple dries down into a silken amber.

Eternal Ankh Blue- Notes: White amber absolute, black patchouli, Kulfi accord, pistachio, sandalwood, Egyptian vanilla fleck, Egyptian vanilla absolute, amber resin, Bastet's black amber, saffron, blue sugar and a touch of Egyptian musk and cardamom.

This version is my favorite. Hands down. The cardamom and pistachio, patchouli and spice, all combine to remind me of a much more delicious and exclusive version of Blue Sugar (the masculine version of the Pink Sugar perfume). I had accidentally dropped a 2 ml sample of this that a friend gifted me. It shattered and I mopped it up with my pajama tank top. It smelled so good I simply kept wearing it to bed for a few days in a row. This is a beautiful scent. I kick myself all the time that I let a backup get away when it released again. A slightly gourmand vanilla patchouli with lush spice and real warmth.

Eternal Ankh Pink- Notes: White amber absolute, Egyptian vanilla husk, vanilla fleck, African white vanilla absolute, amber resin, Bastet's amber, pink sugar and a touch of Crimson.

Pink is the closest to Eternal Ankh Anniversary on my skin. Not the same by any means, but the closest as far as smelling like a candied vanilla amber that is heavy with sandy resin. The added pink sugar and Crimson musk lend a slinkiness to the perfume which makes it a wonderful confidence booster. I had a sample of this and gifted it away but then realized I missed it. Once it debuted I grabbed a bottle and I am happy I did.

Eternal Ankh Cobalt- Notes: White amber absolute, Egyptian vanilla husk, vanilla fleck, almond sweet, pistachio accord, French vanilla, a touch of black tea, amber sweet, blue sugar and organic Bourbon vanilla bean. 

Cobalt is the most cherry-almond sweet perfume I own. Generally I am not a fan of cherry or almond scents in my perfumes, but this one I made an exception for since it was so lovely sounding. Make no mistake, it does begin life very much cherry-almond centric. But then it morphs seamlessly into a sweet black tea and I love it. Cobalt is Eternal Ankh with a darker side, infused with devilish sweets and fortune telling teas. It does steep down into that familiar amber vanilla base but it retains its individuality. 

I am really excited about these Eternal Anhk colors. I do have Green now and Pearl. I am not sure when I will get around to talking about then since I went ahead and packed them. Of all these colors. EA Blue and EA Orange are my very favorite (figures!! GO GATORS!). Honestly, I love them just for their bottle colors alone, but it makes it all that much more magical when the insides have treasure within too. 

I picked up three perfumes when Nocturne Alchemy reopened this month. I will probably review two of them within the next week or so since they are newer scents and I am not sure how long they will be around. 

How was your week? Which color do you think you might enjoy the most?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

OneEleven Pottery

Another pottery post so soon?! Yes. Because I have been sitting on a few new pottery additions for a little while now. Come meet my chubby cauldron footed coffee mug from OneEleven Pottery

Rachel is the potter behind this magic. This is one of her iconic designs called the Wet Moon Cauldron. She names her glazes after gemstones and this particular combination of colors is called Runic Moonstone. 

I love the variety of shades, the ribbing on the sides that catches some of the glaze drizzle and the tripod of feet under the belly. The crescent moon has a lovely sandy finish and the thumb shelf is very comfortable.

Can you tell I am in love? I had a merry photoshoot in the woods behind the house. I even wallowed in the leaf litter and kicked up some roaches. It was.... real. 

So today is Savanna's 12th birthday and she is home with the flu. I feel so bad for her. She is on her third day of a fever and is truly miserable. I picked her a stuffed dragon up (she adores dragons) and some fuzzy socks since she had chills and caramel M&Ms (her favorite) on the way home from work yesterday to try and cheer her up. But really, turning 12 on a school day, she just wants to be at school with her friends. And she just wants to be healthy. I had to go back to work but Adam has been home with her the past two days. If she gets better we'll take her to have fun this weekend. 

How are you doing? Have you had the flu bug this season? Do you have photo shoots with your coffee mugs? No? Just me? 

Happy Valentine's Day <3

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Melting Basket 136

Wax tarts from the last basket that I would love to melt again: Bohemienne Life Medieval and Third Eye, CFTKR Woodland Festival (surprisingly tender and fresh, like wild woodland flowers and curls of bark) and Dessa's Country Store. 

CFTKR- Winter Wonderland
CFTKR- Peppermint Cream
SMT- Marshmallow Fireside/Fireside/Camp Fire Marshmallows/Vanilla Sandalwood
SMT- Pink Noel/Marshmallow Noel and Candy/Marshmallow Fireside
Handmade in Florida- Cinnamon Donuts
Handmade in Florida- Moroccan Mint Tea
Dessa's- Sugar Plum Fairy
Dessa's- Grandpa's Pipe/Cinnamon Pine Cones
The Bathing Garden- Widow's Walk
Beezy- Marshmallow Fireside
Lasting Scent Candles- Vanilla Ice Cream Cone

My sense of smell still has not returned so I am not sure when I will begin melting these bad boys or when I will have some perfume/candle reviews going again but it shouldn't be too much longer I hope. 

I wanted to show off my newest flower babies. The cosmos, zinnias and sunflowers are all budding and beginning to bloom. 

I hope I can get enough wildflowers to entice some bees and butterflies to pay a visit.

Some yummy things have come into the house recently that I hope to blog about once my nose gets to work again: Sea Witch Botanicals candle and incense, Sawdust and Ember's Fern Canyon candle and my very small Nocturne Alchemy Valentine's order. I also have a mug from Dirtworks Ceramics I need to show you and a mug from OneEleven Pottery. 

But for now I am tending to my garden. I water it when I get home and weed here and there as bird seed millet sprouts up. I hope where ever we land next has room for a wildflower garden. What is your favorite flower?

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Grumpy Dwarf Pottery

My sister Heather and I share similar passions like music, outdoors, bugs and adventure seeking, but we rarely share the same tastes for style and such. She does not understand my love for perfume or candles or jewelry but she does understand my appreciation for ceramics. We were tagging each other on our favorite pottery makers' IG pages not too long ago and she tagged me on Grumpy Dwarf Pottery's page. I was immediately enamored. 

I love the mushrooms and slugs, the name of the shop and the starkness of the pieces. I picked up this tiny pot that I currently use for a tealight holder. 

For my birthday my sister Heather had ordered this wee lidded pot (it is smaller than a tealight). 

Here is my bowl with a lit candle inside. The ivory hued bisque is thin enough that the light dances merrily through the ceramic. 

I am hoping to collect a few more pieces for planting. I love the tiny wee pots to pieces. 

Have you discovered new artists through IG? Anyone I should check out?

I just wanted to leave a note apologizing. I finally got around to commenting back. I am laid up in bed sick as a dog but the plus is that I have time to tackle some things on the blog. Thank you for being so patient and supportive. <3

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Preparing to Shift

I think it finally hit me just how impactful 2019 is going to be on my family and me. I told my boss and co-workers that I would not be returning next school year. We did not fill out an intent to return form for the girls' school. Adam had the house pressure washed and repainted. I am trolling the Help Wanted ads and trying to update my resume. Rubbermaids stack up 3 and 4 deep like so many time capsules of the last 15 years of our lives. 

The ball is rolling. Only a couple more months before we list the house. Very soon we will sit in those awkward square chairs with the scratchy fabric and defiant wooden armrest to be told how much money our souls are worth.

The shift is here!

Work is busy. The girls are busy. Adam is busy. All while in the midst of the preparing.

I am keeping sane by:
- Reading way too much (escapism, yes).
- Planning trips (summer family vacation to the Blue Ridge Mountain and fall trip to Salem to "talk" bodies and boundaries with the girls).
- Planting an insane amount of wildflower seeds in the garden plot. 
- Feeding the birds and squirrels to bursting.
-Watering said wildflower plot.
- Taking extra long bubble baths.
- Weeding the wildflower plot. 

Any moving tips? New move advice? Moving with a budding teen advice? Did you move as a middle schooler? Did you survive? Did your parents survive? What helped the transition?

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Sawdust & Embers: Oak Grove Candle

The candle was sent to me by Sawdust & Embers free. All opinions are my own.

Oak Grove- Notes: Oakmoss, amber, grapefruit, rose, with orange blossom and sage essential oils. $30

Sawdust & Embers knows how to craft a polished wooden fragrance like no other. This amber glass apothecary jar candle holds 8.5 ounces of wax and burns 60-65 hours. The coconut wax blend holds intense fragrance and the woodwick burns strong and boisterously. Love it. The oakmoss and amber shine brightest with golden hues and rustic elegance. It is a classic aroma that creates a sophisticated environment. The rose and citrus and herbs convey a sparkling effect, almost like aldehydes, but they only gild the edges allowing the amber and oakmoss to bloom to their best. The throw is medium-strong in a large room and strong in a smaller room. This is one I would scoop up again in a heart beat.

Use the code REDOLENT for 10% off your order at Sawdust & Embers. 

What candles are you burning?